Esports Scholarship Fundraiser
SDSMT Esports Association was founded in the Fall of 2013. We began as a small club of competitive and casual gamers, fielding teams in Hearthstone, Starcraft and League of Legends. As Esports continued to boom at the professional level, our club saw increases in interest and participation. Our Esports Association has progressed to now yield 130 active members, across 18 separate competitive teams. We pride ourselves on the opportunities we provide for students at SD Mines and look forward to continuing our impact in the Rapid City community as well!
What we offer students:
Students have opportunities to compete, be a on a team, seek leadership roles and develop a multitude of soft skills that will help them throughout life. We are passionate about giving students the chance to participate on our competitive teams, which lead us to foster our 18 competitive teams - across 11 different game titles. The SDSMT Esports Association really becomes a big family, and we make sure to embrace that during our semesterly banquest where we celebrate MVP awards and team accomplishments.
This past Fall semester, SD Mines established the first varsity Esports program in South Dakota and began providing scholarships for League of Legends. In addition to scholarships, an Esports practice facility was opened in the Surbeck Center. The practice facility is available to all students on campus and offers a great opportunity to engage the Rapid City community.
The structure of SDSMT Esports Association and of the varsity program (Hardrocker Esports) is getting better each semester, as we pioneer our way through the Esports industry. To obtain our next goal of adding Overwatch, Rocket League and Fortnite to the varsity level, we want to fundraise $10,000 in scholarship for the 2019/2020 academic year.